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The House Un-American Activities Committee opens public hearings on alleged communist infiltration in Hollywood. Among those denounced as having un-American tendencies are: Katherine Hepburn, Charles Chaplin, and Edward G. Robinson. Among those called to testify is Screen Actors Guild President Ronald Reagan, who denies that leftists ever controlled the Guild and refuses to label anyone a communist. [Source:]


The Oakland Hills firestorm destroys nearly 3,500 homes and apartments and kills 25 people. [Source: California: A History by Kevin Starr, and]


Save Our Beach is founded by Kim and Steve Masoner. Although Kim Masoner passed away in October 2014, their joint vision continues to in monthly trash pick-up events in Seal Beach and Long Beach. [Source: Save Our Beach.]